Joakim Noah sued a former shoe sponsor in Le Coq Sportif for making shoes that may may have damaged his feet and for not paying him an alleged $1.65 million.
Noah, who recently won the NBA’s defensive player of the year award, filed a lawsuit against the French company in a Washington D.C. court in November, according to TMZ Sports. In the lawsuit Noah alleged Le Coq Sportif signed him to a six-eyar deal worth $6 million in 2007 but failed to fully compensate him.
TMZ Reports the following:
In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first — but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal. Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay.
Noah says despite the negative energy, he held up his end of the bargain — and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were “not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar fasciitis.”
Noah missed games last season due to plantar fasciitis which also included time in the playoffs. A deal between the two sides appears to have been worked out as both dropped cases against one another in March.
Adidas is the current shoe of choice by Noah.